Borghese Gallery and Gardens
Be one of only 360 people allowed to visit the gallery at once, you will feel like one of the Cardinal Scipione Borghese’s guests invited to appreciate his outstanding collection
Duration 2.5h (2h inside the Borghese Gallery)
Reserved Entrance to the Borghese Gallery
Start time at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm. Please, select a date to see availability
Meeting Point Close to Borghese Gallery Entrance (Details at Booking)
Operating Days Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun (not on Monday and First Sunday of every Month)
Tour doesn’t run on Monday and on the First Sunday of every Month
Language English (contact us for other languages)
Short Tour Description
During the centuries Rome was characterized by great villas that surround the city center, the villa Borghese is one of the last example that still keep intact his original architectural shape, most of the art masterpieces and its gardens.
The Borghese Gallery, housed in the Villa Borghese Pinciana, was built in the beginning of the seventeenth century, and nowadays it is one of the most famous museums in Italy.
Begun in 1607 according to the architectural model of the traditional suburban villas, the Galleria Borghese includes twenty rooms across two floors with masterpieces ranging from Roman Antiquities, like The Gladiator mosaic floor, to the world famous Canova’s Paolina Borghese passing through the most complete collection of Bernini’s sculptures and the Caravaggio emphatic, realistic, intense chiaroscuro paintings.
During the tour you will admire the Borghese collection, paintings, sculptures and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V.
Our local expert guide will lead you through the Gallery helping you to explore the stories behind the masterpieces of Caravaggio, Bernini, Canova, Raphael, Titian and many others and their extraordinary lives.
With this informative and educational tour you better understand the extravagant personality of the patron and avid collector Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the one who made this art gallery possible.
The tour will end with a walk to the Pincio terrace, one of the most beautiful panoramic view of Rome you will also have an overview on the others buildings which were part of the composition of the Villa, the secret garden, the aviary, the parco dei daini and the fontana di venere through its Gardens.